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Dealing with Diabetes

Jul 4, 2008
Coping with diabetes typically involves a combination of physical treatments and psychological adjustments.

Over time, diabetes can affect the kidney, eyes and other vital organs and systems. The kidneys may filter less efficiently. Eyesight may become less sharp. But all those physical circumstances can be managed through careful diet, exercise, and (if needed) drugs.

But coping with the disease and its effects involves another dimension, one less easy to quantify and treat, and one which has both physical and mental consequences.

The worry brought on by diabetes can raise stress levels, making the person yet more vulnerable to the disease. Stress affects the immune system, making if more susceptible to infection and other problems. Many diabetics experience a vicious cycle of worry over the disease, which in turn, aggravates their diabetes and makes it worse, thus causing more worry.

To break this vicious cycle, people with diabetes must use an arsenal of diabetes management strategies. Taking care of your general health is the first step. The second step involves learning to cope emotionally with the problem and reaching a positive outlook.

This is challenging, but not impossible. First, the diabetic must realize that diabetes control is a long-term, usually life-time battle.

Accepting the fact that daily, repeated monitoring of your blood glucose levels is necessary is a major step. Blood glucose levels must be kept steady through a combination of exercise, and diet; medication may also be needed. A steady blood glucose level means that diabetes will tax your system less and so you will have less to stress over. Your routine for taking care of your diabetes must be a daily part of your life, just like washing your hands or combing your hair.

Being informed of the damage diabetes can cause if action is not taken to prevent them can motivate you to take action. Understanding the possible consequences of diabetes is an essential part of developing the right attitude towards the disease and warding off its physical effects.

Of course, being an informed patient does not necessarily mean you will be a proactive patient. You must make a determined commitment to stick to a diabetes management program. This requires both patience and bravery.

But that kind of commitment doesn't happen simply by wishing for it. Few can simply will themselves onto the right path. It starts by facing small challenges and overcoming them. A minor dietary change. The adoption of a single brief exercise routine three times a week. Then the actions can become wider - more dietary changes - and longer term, more exercise routines carried out every day.

Gradually, conquering the management and control of diabetes increases your confidence that you can do so in the future. In time, diabetes management will become part of your lifestyle and no longer a burden, merely another bump in life's road.
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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